Cemetery

Cemetery Rules & Regulations

Planting:
It shall be unlawful for any person to plant shrubs, trees, lawns, flowers, etc., place decorative stones, headstones, benches, or other permanent items or structures upon any lot in the cemetery without approval and direction from the City.

Decorations:

  1. All grave decorations or arrangements, real or artificial, shall be allowed until such time as they become faded, worn, or weathered after which they will be removed and disposed of.
  2. Flowers or decorations may be removed seven (7) days following holidays and seven (7) days flowing a burial.
  3. Flowers or decorations must remain on the headstone only and must not be placed on or in the grass.
  4. Flowers or decorations must not exceed 36 inches in height from ground level.
  5. Glass or porcelain or other breakable objects are not allowed.

Damage/Theft:
The City shall not be responsible or liable for flowers, grave decorations, or other personal property left on the headstone, on the burial lot or anywhere in the cemetery.

Private Improvements Prohibited:
It shall be unlawful for any person to erect or maintain any structure, fence, corner post, coping, or hedge of any kind upon any lot, street or driveway in the cemetery, or grade the ground or land thereof. The City shall prohibit landmarks and any grading that might destroy or interfere with the general slope of the land.

Headstones:
Raised headstones are allowed in the cemetery. No benches are allowed. The owners or relatives of a deceased person interred in the cemetery are required to erect and maintain, in a manner satisfactory to the City and at the expense of the plot owner or relatives of the deceased, headstones at the head, or west end, of the gravesite only. The name of the deceased person will be plainly inscribed thereon. All headstones must be in an orderly row and reasonably in line with all other such headstones in that Block and may be placed by commercially licensed monument companies only.

Number:
Only one headstone per grave is allowed. In cases where infants share a grave, one additional flat headstone, meeting the specifications for single flat headstone, will be allowed. Persons with such a request must receive prior authorization from cemetery personnel for appropriate placement within the limited available space.

SINGLE Headstone – Upright, Flat, Wedge or Slant 
Maximum Height is thirty six (36) inches from ground level to top of headstone. Maximum Width North to South - including a 6 inch mow strip is forty (40) inches. Maximum Depth East to West - including a 6 inch mow strip is thirty four (34) inches. All upright headstones shall be pinned to the base. 

DOUBLE Headstone – Upright, Flat, Wedge or Slant 
Maximum Height is thirty six (36) inches from ground level to top of headstone. Maximum Width North to South - including a 6 inch mow strip is eighty (80) inches. Maximum Depth East to West - including a 6 inch mow strip is thirty four (34) inches. All upright headstones shall be pinned to the base. 

BABY Section – Single Flat Headstone Only 
Flat Headstones only. Maximum North to South – Including 6 inch mow strip is forty (40) inches. Maximum East to West – Including 6 inch mow strip is thirty four (34) inches.

CREMATION Remains Section – Single Flat Headstone Only 
Flat Headstones only. Maximum Size – Including 4 inch mow strip is twenty (20) inches by twenty (20) inches.

Mow Strip/Concrete Base:  
All headstones, both flat and upright, are required to have a granite or concrete mow strip rising not more than 1 inch above the ground, extending outward from the outer perimeter of the base of the headstone. Said Mow Strip or Base and shall be six (6) inches on all sides. If concrete material is used, a minimum thickness of six (6) inches is required. A 4 inch concrete mow strip is allowed in the Cremation Section only.

Vases:
All permanent vases must be placed in the headstone or base and must be recessed to ground level when not in use. Because of the potential for theft and /or vandalism, the installation of removable vases is discouraged.

City’s Right to Remove Non-Conforming Objects: 
If any tree or shrub, by means of its roots, branches, or otherwise, becomes detrimental to adjacent lots or walks, or interferes with the general appearance of the Cemetery, the City has the right to remove such trees and decorations of any kind. Additionally, the City may remove any unauthorized plantings that do not conform to the rules and regulations of the Cemetery.

April 2017